Tim Yanke Gives Collectors an Exclusive Tour of His New Art Studio

 In Art & Gallery News, Tim Yanke

Leave it to Tim Yanke to create a truly unforgettable experience for his art collectors!

The world-renowned Abstract Expressionist Tim Yanke recently invited 11 of his VIP collectors to his lively, paint-splattered studio in Birmingham, Michigan, after they privately toured the nearby Park West Museum with Principal Auctioneer Jason Betteridge.

Artist Tim Yanke proudly watches a collector add her own contribution to a work of art in his studio.

Artist Tim Yanke proudly watches a collector add her own contribution to a work of art in his studio.

During the visit, Yanke had the brilliant idea of having his collectors create their own collaborative abstract painting right there in the studio. He enthusiastically encouraged each visitor—including Mr. Betteridge—to grab a brush and make their mark on the canvas!

Auctioneer Cole Waters (left) enjoys watching Jason Betteridge step onto the other side of the podium and try his hand at making some art.

Auctioneer Cole Waters (left) enjoys watching Jason Betteridge step onto the other side of the podium and try his hand at making some art.

If the personal tour and opportunity to paint with one of their favorite artists wasn’t enough, Yanke had one more surprise for this special group of art lovers.

Principal Auctioneer Jason Betteridge (left) poses with a group of Tim Yanke collectors about to take a VIP tour of the Park West Museum.

Principal Auctioneer Jason Betteridge (left) poses with a group of Tim Yanke collectors about to take a VIP tour of the Park West Museum.

When the late master artist Itzchak Tarkay visited Detroit in 2012, he set up a workspace in Yanke’s studio to mentor the younger artist. Expecting to return later and continue his work, Tarkay left a box of art supplies in Yanke’s studio. But, as many know, Tarkay unexpectedly passed away during that trip in 2012, leaving his paint tubes in Yanke’s care.

Yanke had not touched the paint since Tarkay’s last visit, but this was a special occasion. Yanke fished out the tubes from the back of his studio to show his visitors and, while the paint had almost completely dried out, there was still enough viscosity for the collectors to dip their fingers in the pigment and even add a swipe of Tarkay’s trademark colors to their large collaborative canvas.

Tim Yanke mentors a young art enthusiast as she works on their collaborative painting in Yanke's studio.

Tim Yanke mentors a young art enthusiast as she works on their collaborative painting in Yanke’s studio.

Park West is thrilled that we were able to create this opportunity for Tim Yanke’s collectors to spend some one-on-one time with the artist before one of our legendary VIP collecting weekends. Bringing together people who love art with the artists who create that art is part of Park West’s DNA, and we relish the chance to create art experiences that people will cherish forever.

If you’re interested in collecting the art of Tim Yanke, you can contact Park West’s gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or sales@parkwestgallery.com

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